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a nuclear reactor in syria, until israel showed the white house pictures and bombed it. two years later, the north built a sprawling nuclear plant undetected. the danger now, not knowing what the new leadership will do. >> he'll need to show something. he needs to show a very skeptical public that he's in charge. and one of the time honored ways that's done in north korea is what we would definitely consider a provocation. >> reporter: tonight, senior u.s. officials defend the work of the cia saying, the key point is not marking the exact moment the dictator dies, but having a solid framework to assess what might come next. that, of course, is the next test. brian? >> andrea mitchell on the period of uncertainty that arrived this weekend on the news. andrea, thanks. >>> meanwhile, in syria, where most journalists are banned from covering what's going on there, new amateur video has surfaced claiming to show some of this week's bloody clashes between protesters and government forces. in damascus and elsewhere, more than 150 people are reported dead in the last two days alone. arab league
's exclusive guest sunday morning on "meet the press." >>> overseas now to syria which today saw one of the largest demonstrations there in months. it's been a year of uprisings and violent crackdowns across the region, but the crisis in syria continues without let-up. today, dozens more were killed. nbc's ayman mohyeldin has our report from neighboring jordan. >> reporter: nine months into the syrian uprising, hundreds of thousands of syrians took to the streets today, protesting a regime that shows no signs of backing down. in this year of the arab spring a wave of change that toppled hosni mubarak of egypt and moammar gadhafi of libya. bashar al asad of syria has so far managed to hold on to power. the cost, more than 5,000 lives since march with more killed each day, even as many soldiers defect and the uprising lurches toward civil war. nothing has slowed down the carnage. not even the presence of arab league observers. their job, to ensure the asad regime's compliance is an agreement aimed at ending the crackdown. while the syrian government has allowed the arab league observer
in egypt may lose that country's landmark election. >> also, the crisis in syria. the death toll skyrockets as stability spirals out of control. >>> and a failing grade. are california's kids too plump to play on tla ♪ secondhand smoke affects everyone's health. it's not just irritating. it can cause heart disease and even death. speak up about secondhand smoke. your health and the health of your family depend on it. >>> welcome back everyone. it has been nothing short of a long and passionate journey fighting the affliction of a.i.d.s., 30 years now. that is the white house this morning with a red ribbon hanging around it. it is world a.i.d.s. day today and the entire world reflecting back on this passionate type of process. it is 11:12 right now. >>> bell, this morning, the islamic brotherhood is claiming victory during early voting in egypt's landmark parliamentary election. islamists say they're on track to win a dominant majority. it appears the party has taken 40% of the vote and is expected. the victory comes at the expense of liberal parties and youth activist who's set off the re
of the digital avenlgt what was the biggest? the protesters massing in kyra, syria, russia? richard engel was in kyra -- cairo. >> when they thought that the cell phone messages weren't safe, they would switch to twitter. then when the twitter messages they thought were being compromised, they would switch to facebook the chris: great reporting there. or was it apple become the -- becoming the world's biggest company? and the sfeeve jobs story in or more and more people paying to get newspapers online rather than in their driveways? or was it emple mail -- email taking over the post office? rick? >> last month, chris, i went to egypt and tunisia and to this tiny little town outside tunis where a man set himself on fire. this place is in the back of the back of beyond. you don't think anything could start there, much less a world historical movement. you know how it happened? somebody took a cell phone video of the protest after he i am 0 lated himself and -- imolated himself and that was sent all through the middle east. an amazing phenomenon. chris: social networking? >> social network s
are also concerned now about syria where the u.n. says the government has killed 3,500 demonstrators in recent months. >> brutal repression in syria where turkey -- where we stand with turkey and a growing course of nations in calling for president assad to step aside. and i welcome the human rights council's condemnation yesterday of the regime's violence. >> the arab league, european union and the united states are piling on increasingly tough sanctions to pressure syria to stop its deadly crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. >>> this was a deadly start to the weekend on caltrain tracks with two fatal accidents on the peninsula just today. the first incident happened at about 11:00 this morning when the southbound train hit a man on the tracks at the california avenue station in palo alto. and then just after noon, a southbound train killed a person on the tracks near the menlo park station. investigations are under way into the causes of both incidents. there have been 16 fatalities on the caltrain right-of-way this year. that's five more than last year. >>> in gilroy today,
of syria. arab league observers have arnsed and will try witnessing the uprising and also the government crackdown first hand. what are they finding? >> it's very troubling so far to u.s. officials because the arab league monitors have been on the ground for two days and they have not pushed back against restrictions that the regime has imposed on their inspections, and these are the first outside monitors that syria has permitted in. they have blocked their access to key areas where atrosities are reported. the u.s. is withholding any formal criticism because they hope this mission can succeed. in these two days the monitors have not gotten in and activists are reporting six more killings and opposition leaders are calling this arab league effort a farce. lester. >> andrea mitchell, thanks. >>> important health news tonight about the fight against ovarian cancer, which kills more than 15,000 american women each year. two studies out tonight show that avastin, a drug already approved for other cancers but is also controversial, could help women buy more time in the battle with this deadl
was the biggest effect, protesters in cairo, syria, russia? nbc's richard engel was there when hundreds amassed there. >> when they thought cell phone messages weren't safe, they switched to twitter. when twitter messages they thought they were being compromised, they would switch to facebook. chris: great reporting there. or apple becoming the world's biggest company actually and steve jobs phenomenon that came with it. or more and more readers of "the new york times" and "the wall street journal," among other newspapers, paying to get them online rather than driveways? or finally was it e-mail driving the postal services cutback sooner, cutting delivery back to five days? rick, your person of the year and there's your cover right there. your protester gives us a clue where you're headed. >> last month i went to egypt and tunisia and this tiny little town outside where mohammed ba diseasey set himself on fire. this is in the back of the back of beyond. you don't think anything can start there much less a world historical movement that toppled dictators across the middle east. you know how it h
-opening the monument to the public. overseas tonight in syria, dozens of people killed in twin car bombings outside the headquarters of the intelligence agency in damascus. the attacks are the first of their kind in the syrian capitol since the start of the uprising against president bashar al asad earlier this year. >>> now to cairo where thousands of egyptians have been rallying in tahrir square today they are denouncing military violence against protesters, many of whom were women. at least 17 people have been killed in violent clashes h this week. nbc's ayman mohyeldin is in cairo tonight with the lates good evening. >> reporter: good evening, kate. the street of public opinion could not be any wider. today it was on display just miles away from each other. behind me today in tahrir square, the number reaching close to 25,000. the prodemocracy activists supporting calls for the military to step down from power and to hand over power to an elected government as quickly as possible. they feel the military has exhausted its mandate and is unable or unfit to control more. across the street a short
monitors on the ground in syria, reports of deadly new violence continues to emerge. amateur video shows what appears to be arab league monitors wearing orange vests touring the central city of homs where some of the strongest demonstrations against president bashar al assad have been taking place. at times those monitors were forced to take shelter as gunfire could be heard in the distance. activists claim government troops open fire on unarmed protesters on wednesday killing six, bringing the death toll to 39 in just two days since the monitors arrived. yesterday more than 700 detainees were freed after a human rights group accused the government of hiding the prisoners from those monitors. >>> now here's a look at some other stories making news "early today" in america. north dakota firefighters went to the edge of an icy river to make a life-saving grab. they rescued a black labrador after it slid past its owner's electric fence right into the freezing water. you'll be happy to hear the dog is in good condition. >>> a texas man didn't get away with much of anything during a recent ro
throughout the day on nbc. after nine months of bloodshed in syria, the arab league is sending a team of 60 monitors into the country. critics fear the monitors won't be allowed to see what's really happening. >>> new york city times square new year's eve ball will get a facelift. nearly 300 new weather resistant waterford crystal triangles will be installed, in this year's design called "let there be friendship." >>> and speaking of friends, shout out to our neighbors here at 30 rock. happy birthday to radio city music hall which opened 79 years ago today back in 1932. happy birthday. >>> all day long you can stay on top of the very latest developments in those stories and others as they break on msnbc. tonight be sure to watch brian williams with "nbc nightly news." >>> finally, here's a look at what's coming up this morning on the "today" show. former "survivor" producer facing murder charges for the death of his wife, the victim's sister speaks out live in the studio. >>> you'll get to meet that 1-month-old polar bear who opened his eyes for the very first time, something you definitely
campaign less than two weeks before the iowa caucuses. >>> overseas, reports from state-controll eled syria tv sa there have been activists have struck with a car bomb and a number of civilians have been killed. the this is the first attack since the start of new president bashar alas aheal-asaad. monitors want to assess whether the government is complying with the peace initiative. >>> a look at other stories making news early today in america. police have tracked down a group of vandals all thanks to youtube. the video posted by the culprit show the crew of young criminals ransacking several stores. investigators brought in one teen for questioning who eventually identified the rest of the suspects. >>> southern california's notorious high-speed santa ana wind swept through yesterday, hammering several neighborhoods. wind gusts as high as 72 miles per hour were strong enough to rip trees from the ground and leave tractor trailers overturned. wind warnings and advisories are expected to end today. >>> powerful winds fanned the flames of a san francisco inferno. five-alarm blaze ripped thro
. activists say violence across syria left as least 25 people dead wednesday. meanwhile, an activist group says army defectors killed 25 soldiers in security clashes this morning. one of the deadliest attacks by rebel troops in the nine-month uprying. uprising. >>> jacques shirard was found guilty of the party he led. taking into account his age, health and status as a former head of state, the court sentenced him to a suspended two-year prison sentence. >>> a commercial satellite company says it captured a photo of china's first aircraft carrier taking an apparent test ride in the yellow sea. china bought the ship from you cain in 1998 and has spent years refurbishing it and arming it. >>> some startling new numbers from the center for disease control and prevention. based on a new survey of domestic violence, one in four women reported being violently attacked by a husband or boyfriend. a number researchers called astounding. while one in five women said they had been sexually assaulted. >>> and researchers have spotted a giant gas cloud spiraling into a massive, super massive black hole
's long assault left no survivors. the white house said it was deeply disturbed and the opposition syria national council is calling for a u.n. security council meeting. >>> eight u.s. soldiers are facing charges after an army private's body was found in a guard tower in afghanistan back in october. the army ruled the death of danny chen, an asian-american from new york city, a suicide. an investigation further found that chen had been the target of ethnic slurs and physical attacks at the hands of his fellow soldiers. eight of them have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide for allegedly driving chen to take his own life. >>> now here's a look at other stories making news "early today" in america. a high-speed chase through the streets of orlando ended in a hair-raising crash. police pursued burglary suspects for 40 minutes until they smashed into three vehicles at a busy intersection. miraculously, no one died. six people, including the two suspects, did suffer serious injuries. >>> a raging inferno in detroit forced two people to jump for their lives. a man
, a bloody crackdown continues in syria with reports of more than 100 deaths over the past two days, including dozens of defectors from president bashar al assad forces. amateur video shows what is to be the result of bloody clashes between protesters and government forces in and around damascus. this week's surge in violence is believed to be a so-called last push by assad's regime before arab league monitors arrive in that country. >>> in what's called the biggest women's demonstration in modern history, thousands of women fled streets in cairo, demanding the government military step down. marchers carried a photo of a woman whose clothes were partially pulled off by troops as a symbol of their outrage over the brutal treatment of female protesters. some 10,000 chanting women carried signs, turned out for the massive march throughout downtown cairo. this as 14 people were reportedly killed during a fifth day of clashes between protesters and military forces. >>> back here at home, it may not officially be winter yet but a blistering snowstorm that plowed through the southwest and
that carried his father's body. >> with outside monitors now in syria, demonstrators made sure their voices would be heard. amateur video shows tens of thousands taking to the streets reportedly calling for the execution of president al assad. also pleading with monitors for help. and they have released 750 detain detainees. >>> the high stakes battle of western powers, iran threatened to cut off oil exports from middle east if the west imposes sanctions on oil shipments. a top official threatened to close the strait of hormuz if the west continues what he calls its plot against iran. as state department spokesman dismissed the threats as, quote, bluster. >>> now, here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. michigan police were recently involved in a high speed pursuit of one of their own suv cruisers wearing only his underwear, a suspect hopped behind the wheel after escaping from the back seat. it ended with the suspect crashing into vehicles at a roadblock. no injuries were reported. >>> a lawyer for a group of single mothers in hawaii calling their theft inside a
danny chen to take his own life. >>> with more citizen video coming out of syria these days during a very bloody week, the obama administration is using very strong language about what is happening there, accusing president asad's government of mowing down its own citizens. more than 200 are now dead there it's believed since monday. >>> we'll take a break. up next as we continue on a wednesday night, on the ground in afghanistan with americans in uniform and some of them are now openly gay. many said that would never work, but were they right? >>> later, the outpouring of support and help since our story aired about a woman whose idea is making a difference for people and their pets who are all trying to survive these hard times. >>> tomorrow will mark one year to the day that president obama signed the repeal of the u.s. military policy known as don't ask, don't tell, banning openly gay and lesbian service members. just today a sign of the times. two women shared the traditional first kiss after the u.s.s. oak hills returned to home port in virginia. sailors and their families bu
. >>> in syria, at least 20 people are reported dead after coming under attack by government troops. the crackdown comes hours before monitoring teams from the arab league are set to arrive in damascus. >>> tonight there is a storm brewing in israel. it has to do with seating on public buses and women being told by men where they can and cannot sit. until one woman refused to move. it may remind folks of a woman who took a stand in this country more than 50 years ago. we get the story from nbc's martin fletcher. >> reporter: tanya rosenblit, the new poster child for women's rights. on a bus to jerusalem, an orthodox jew said, you're a woman. go sit at the back of the bus. israel's rosa parks moment. "no," tanya said. >> if i were to go to the back of the bus i would be humiliating myself. >> reporter: a photo shows what happened next. the man stopping the bus. the threatening crowd. >> i was the only woman there. >> reporter: a policeman who came to help. after 30 minutes tanya won and kept her seat. then -- her story took off. the head of the opposition led a march to parliament. >
to places like syria and gadhafi's libya. they know who they are. the senate is considering a law called the global online freedom act that would prohibit the sale of technology that can be used to deny people basic human rights. the 17 countries who used the euro as currency have voted to centralize their economies, sort of the way the fed controls our money flow. before now, the euro was the central currency, but no one group was in charge. from an economic point of view, you can kind of think of it as a change from countries into states, more like our states, at least economically. other countries in the european union, notably england are against this plan, but it's worth remembering there are two europes. there's the 27-member countries of the e.u, and then the subset, the 17 that use the euro as a common currency and england is obviously not one of them. the other take awayen of this, guys, is germany. germany clearly in charge of the new inner europe in ways that nobody could've anticipated just a few years ago. >> all right, scott, thank you very much. >> time to check the foreca
's going on with the arab spring and what that produces in egypt. what happens in syria finally. how the saudis react to all of this. they've not been happy with the united states for the past year, because of the way that we dispatched mubarak, and they said, you know, that's how you treat your friends, are you having a change at the top there? that has to be an important part of the debate in the next year. but my guess is that we won't hear very much about it, because people don't find a lot of political capital talking about that. >> just to pick up on one point there, there's a question that's hung over the iraq enterprise from day one and it's been this -- is iraq the way iraq is because saddam was the way saddam was? or was saddam the way saddam was because iraq was the way iraq was? is it a fractured, multisectarian country that could only be held together by an iron fist, first by saddam or residually by us? or is it not? we're going to get the answer to that question now. saddam's fist is gone, ours is gone, and the big question not just about iraq but all the arab springs
security matters in the middle east in particular with iran and syria, major pieces of legislation. i authored it through the united states senate. >> you, yourself, have said you will not make these social issues back burner issues. you want them front and center. your views on abortion are well known. you make no exception for abortion in the case of rape or incest. other republican candidates have now adopted that view. but somewhat lesser known are your views on contraception. you said it is not okay, that it's dangerous. you said you're the only presidential candidate willing to talk about your views against contraception for voters not familiar with you what are they? >> well, my views on contraception are consistent with my catholic faith but as a person who was involved in the united states senate for 12 years i mean i voted to allow that contraception funding. that's, to me, an issue that is a personal decision. i do believe and have publicly stated i don't believe it's helpful. i think it is -- it leads to a lot of sexually transmitted diseases and it leads to a lot of unpla
is stable. >>> troubling news from syria. one top united nations official says the government has killed more than 5,000 civilians since the uprising began there nine months ago. among the dead, at least 300 children. now for a look at what is trending today. our quick roundup of what has you talking on-line. reality bites for former alaska governor sarah palin. according to the hollywood reporter, she's pitching a new reality show about her husband, todd's, adventures as a snow mobile racer, but so far no takers because the price is too high. then you have seen the der ver broncos quarterback tim tebow take a knee in prayer. people calling it tebow-ing. it's now an official word. tim tebow has inspired a website called tebow-ing showing figures all striking a pose. >>> sorry, charlie. didn't you learn anything from anthony wiener? he tried to send his cell phone number to justin bieber with a direct message on twitter. well, just one problem. he accidentally tweeted his number to his millions of followers instead. no surprise. he was inundated with calls and text messages and even answe
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